U.S. must bolster cybersecurity

The threat is growing, and any infrastructure investment must take that into account.

The Supreme Court deals an ominous blow to LGBTQ equality

June 20
A person waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, on June 15, 2020.
The court's opinion did not decide whether religious rights can override generally applicable anti-discrimination laws. But that seems to be in store.

Court shows law stands outside culture wars

June 20
The Supreme Court in Washington.
Principles and precedent matter.

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Steve Chapman
The U.S. Supreme Court building on June 16, 2021.

We all do better when nobody entirely gets their way

The Supreme Court ruling on gay rights was a victory for pluralism — letting people live together despite fundamental differences.
Virginia Heffernan
A Victoria’s Secret store. “We needed to stop being about what men want,” Martin Waters, who was appointed chief executive of the brand in Febru

Victoria's Secret has a new sheen of female empowerment. It's not working.

The company clearly has not abandoned its commitment to commodifying, constraining and infantilizing female bodies.
June 19

Straw buyers help criminals get guns

A Star Tribune story showed how weak guns laws are being exploited.
Lori Sturdevant
June 19
Tom Swain, above in 2004, has created the Swain Climate Policy Series at the University of Minnesota.

Approaching 100, 'Citizen Swain' takes on climate change

Tom Swain's eagerness to take on big issues has led to the creation of the new Swain Climate Policy Series at the University of Minnesota.
John G. White
June 19
Both adults and children dance around the maypole to celebrate midsummer.

Reflections for a midsummer night

On June 20, at 10:31 p.m. in these parts ... the days start to get shorter. Dance while ye may.
David Brooks
June 18
Large emergencies change how society works. This time, peoples’ priorities have changed — time with family and friends is more important than the

Behold the post-pandemic renaissance

COVID-19 has disrupted daily American life in a way few emergencies have before.
John Rash
June 18
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit at NATO head

Biden boosts — and is boosted by — resurgent U.S. image abroad

Three new Pew Research Center polls helped the president rally allies at the G-7, NATO and European Union summits to contend with geopolitical challenges.
Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune
June 18
US Vice President Kamala Harris and Opal Lee, left, the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, watch as US President Joe Biden holds the sig

Juneteenth: Wrong date, right reckoning

Juneteenth does not represent the end of slavery in America.
June 17

Trump's 2020 Bible stunt

Report is not, as he contends, an exoneration of his actions in D.C. park.
Andrea Jenkins
June 17
Many visited George Floyd Square to pay tribute on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Reconnecting 38th and Chicago will help whole community move forward

We must create a process together: a community-led concept for us to implement.
Kathy Zeman, David Kotsonas and Colleen Moriarty
June 17
“Farmers markets around the state have already begun their season with the expectation that Market Bucks would continue to operate as it has been do

Farmers, low-income Minnesotans need Market Bucks

The program supports those struggling to put food on the table, farmers and local economies. Don't take it away.
Houston White
June 17
Trinity Dunlap, 15, of Maple Grove, held a Black Lives Matter sign over her head as she listened to a private memorial for George Floyd downtown in Ju

Stop loving the problem. Start building the solution.

We know we were born into a racist system, and practically glorifying it doesn't help.
Steve Chapman
June 17
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a crucial 50th vote for Democrats on President Joe Biden’s proposals, walks with reporters as senators go to the chamber

Joe Manchin is the impossible burger of politics

And progressive Democrats should build a shrine to him.
Frank Bruni
June 17
New York Times Opinion columnist Frank Bruni says, “I worried, and continue to worry, about the degree to which I and other journalists — opinion

Confessions of a polarizing pundit

For my final column, some regrets for being part of the problem.
June 16

Learning from 'Oregon Trial' video game

Designers deserve credit for update recognizing contributions of Native people.
Dimitri Drekonja, Nathan Chomilo and Michael Aylward
June 16
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced June 14 that the U will not require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-

U must lead, not lag, on vaccine campaign

A school that strives to lead on science, public health and community engagement should not be watching from the sidelines as we try to end the worst pandemic in 100 years.
John Kass
June 16
President Joe Biden’s federal budget proposal, in a section on infant mortality rates, officially calls mothers birthing people.

There's no birthing person in all the world like that dear old birthing person of mine

That's what mothers are called now, by the federal government.
Noah Feldman
June 16
The Department of Justice in Washington, July 11, 2020.

We really don't want the Justice Department investigating Congress

It would exceed the authority of the executive branch.
June 15

Policy, not shareholders, should drive action on climate change

Public policy needs to change to make carbon reduction pay off economically.
Richard Greelis
June 15
Atlanta police chief Rodney Bryant is quoted in a recent story saying, “Days of old you wanted someone who actually had the strength to be more p

Counterpoint: Brawn might come in handy for brainy 'new' cops

But to say I was hired as a cop for my strength alone is insulting.
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